Will it? Or can it be shattered? And if it can, who’s going to do it?
A portion of the flock is lost. It has been marginalized and mocked and made the target of derision and it has fought back through the political process by returning an election result that was as shocking as it was inevitable.
We’ve spoken, at length, about the risks inherent in running a closed-circle communications strategy – and we had hoped, this holiday season, that the Democratic party would, at last, come to its senses and begin chiseling cracks in this self-defeating circle of its own design.
It is no news at all, though, to say that you don’t always get what you ask for during the holidays.
We’ll let two lions of the Democratic establishment speak for themselves:
“I believe that we were not letting an awful lot of people – high school-educated, mostly Caucasian, but also people of color – know that we understood their problems…they’re all the people I grew up with. They’re their kids. And they’re not racist. They’re not sexist. But we didn’t talk to them.” – Joe Biden
“[Donald Trump] doesn’t know much…but one thing he does know is how to get angry, white men to vote for him.” – Bill Clinton
What progress can be made toward the leveling of the circle when each stroke of the chisel is met with a fresh coat of mortar? What progress can be made toward the acceptance of Us when there remains a need to call out the otherness of Them?
Will the circle be unbroken? Or can it be shattered? And if it can, who’s going to do it?
Thoughts on that, coming up. See you in 2017.